Date: August 20, 2012

Attention:  All PGY 4 and PGY 5 Residents

RE:  Application to a Subspecialty Program for July 2013

The Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto has 3 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons accredited subspecialty programs (Child and Adolescent, Forensic and Geriatric Psychiatry). Consistent with the Royal College requirements, the Geriatric and Child and Adolescent programs are two years. The intention is for residents to enter these programs as PGY5’s and complete it with a PGY6 year. However, there may be occasions when a resident enters the program as a PGY6 and completes the program with a PGY7 year. The Forensic program is a one year program with entry for the PGY6 year. Residents are asked to apply in the year prior to their anticipated entry into these programs.

The Department of Psychiatry is calling for Applications to these Subspecialties for entry commencing July 2013. Applications for all 3 Subspecialty Programs are due
Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

All current PGY 4 or 5 residents are eligible to apply to the Geriatric or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Programs. All current PGY 5 residents are eligible to apply to the Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program.

Only those applicants who are selected for interviews will be notified. Please note that the applicants who are selected to be interviewed will be interviewed on the following dates: November 8 (Child & Adolescent), November 9 (Geriatric), November 12 (Forensic), 2012.

Information about the application process can be found on the Department of Psychiatry website;

Completed Application Packages are to be submitted electronically to:

Administrative Assistant
Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto

Any questions regarding the process can be directed to Rachel Delaney either by telephone (416-535-8501 ext4207) or by e-mail:

Dr. S. Lieff, Vice Chair Education, Department of Psychiatry
Dr. J. Langley, Subspecialty Program Director – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. L. Ramshaw, Subspecialty Program Director – Forensic Psychiatry
Dr. R. Madan, Subspecialty Program Director – Geriatric Psychiatry


Call for Subspecialty Applications (Deadline: Tuesday, October 9th, 2012):

Download Instructions & Application:
1. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
2. Forensic Psychiatry
3. Geriatric Psychiatry

Residency Experience Form

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program, University of Toronto

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Toronto consists of 11 member sites. In addition to the Hospital for Sick Children and the Child, Youth, and Family Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, we have a variety of community children’s mental health agencies and affiliated hospitals.

The Division offers an extraordinary breadth and depth of clinical experiences with excellent, dedicated supervisors and teachers. The Head of the Division is extremely committed to postgraduate education and is supportive of the Program Director. We have a strong and committed residency program committee and we use the most up-to-date and innovative evaluation methods and tools. Our supervisor evaluation system encourages residents to honestly evaluate supervisors, while protecting anonymity as required. We have a very strong research faculty and residents will have ample research opportunities. Finally, we offer a variety of opportunities for community based training. Our subspecialty training program has been accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For further information about the subspecialty training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, please contact Dr. John Langley, Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty.

Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic Psychiatry is a subspecialty of Psychiatry accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The University of Toronto has a one-year PGY-6 Training Program in Forensic Psychiatry which started in July 2011. The Program provides an immersion in all aspects of Forensic Psychiatry. Residents will be trained in assessments of individuals involved in the legal systems, and consultations on behalf of third parties, through to specialized psychiatric treatment (risk management and recovery) required by those involved in jails, prisons and specialized forensic psychiatric hospitals. Residents will gain expertise in report writing and in providing expert testimony. They will be involved in research in forensic mental health and have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of forensic subpopulations including youth, maximum security, correctional and community settings.

The curriculum will include 2 to 3 days a week of Core Training, 1.5 to 2.5 days a week of Selectives, involving a total of 4.5 days a week over the year. Core Training will be divided between Forensic Psychiatry Assessments (fitness to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and violence risk) and Longitudinal Care of individuals under the jurisdiction of the Criminal Code Review Board. Selectives will include two or more of: Correctional Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry, Civil Psychiatry, Sexual Behaviour Assessment and Treatment, Complex Violence and Sexual Violence Risk Assessments, and Research in Forensic Psychiatry. Weekly Academic Half-Days, including seminars and alternating journal club and case discussions, will complete the 5-day week. There will be opportunities for training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and other sites in Toronto, at Ontario Shores Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, and at Way Point Centre in Penetanguishene. There will be further potential opportunities in rural settings including areas such as Kenora, Nunavut, Peterborough and Kingston.

For further information about the subspecialty training in Forensic Psychiatry, please contact Dr. Lisa Ramshaw, Program Director, Forensic Psychiatry subspecialty.

Geriatric Psychiatry

The University of Toronto Geriatric Psychiatry Program offers a comprehensive and innovative training program. A variety of tools and activities are used to ensure that trainees meet the objectives of training in the CanMEDS roles. The medical expert content is delivered through a comprehensive core curriculum series. The other CanMEDS roles are taught and evaluated using innovative techniques with the goal of graduating Residents who are well-rounded and effective physicians for the future.

There are 7 academic centres and 41 Faculty members involved in the training program. Year 1 of the program consists of a combination core clinical work (outreach and ambulatory care) along with a wide choice of electives and advanced training/scholarly activities. In Year 2, ambulatory care continues as a longitudinal clinic. Residents complete the inpatient portion of the rotation and continue electives and advanced training/scholarly project.

The advanced training/scholarly activities portion of the training program spans the 2 years. The goal is to develop an advanced level of competency in areas such as education, research, service development and administration, advocacy, or leadership – according to individual career goals, subject to approval by the Program Director. The University of Toronto Geriatric Psychiatry Program offers a wide range of research activities. The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry is home to internationally renowned expert researchers who have done seminal work in the area. The program supports and encourages research activities. Residents have a significant amount of protected time to be involved in research given amount of time designated for the clinical psychiatric research selective and advanced training/scholarly activities.
For further information about the subspecialty training in Geriatric Psychiatry, please contact Dr. Robert Madan, Program Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty.


Date: February 16, 2012

To: All members of the Department of Psychiatry

From: Dr. Susan J. Lieff, Vice-Chair, Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Re: UofT Psychiatry accredited subspecialties


The University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry is the only Department in Canada to be accredited for all three psychiatry subspecialties!

We are delighted to announce that our Department has just received confirmation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) that the University of Toronto is the only university to receive accreditation for all three psychiatry subspecialty programs in child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. These subspecialties were just approved by RCPSC in the spring of 2011. It is only through the exemplary efforts and planning of the program directors and their committees that this accreditation was achieved. Congratulations to Drs. John Langley (child), Rob Madan (geriatric) and Lisa Ramshaw (forensic) and their teams for their leadership in psychiatric education in Canada.